Dr Allan Harkness - Consultant CardiologistI am a Consultant Cardiologist in Colchester, Essex. I see patient from across Essex and Suffolk. My private practice is at:

The Oaks, Colchester

The Orwell Suite at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, Basildon.


My NHS work is at both Colchester Hospital and The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. I have been a Consultant Cardiologist in Colchester Hospital since 2006.

In April 2010, I became the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Colchester Hospital. I have led the introduction of many advances in cardiology services, including valve clinics, heart failure services, MRI compatible pacemakers, stress echo, transoesophageal echo, 3D echo and CT coronary angiography.

My practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. My extensive training resulted in accreditation in both Cardiology and General Medicine. I can therefore offer a more holistic review when considering problems relating to your heart.

I am passionate about improving patient safety and constantly look to improve both my practice and the standards of care of my department – for instance by introducing safety checklists. This is reflected in my patient feedback.

I have helped develop close links with primary care through mentorship of GPs with a special interest in cardiology and the ACE community heart failure service.

Follow the links for information about my experience, memberships, qualifications publications and the procedures and investigations I perform.

Arranging a Consultation

You can arrange a consultation with me at The Oaks or Essex Cardiothoracic Centre by contacting my private practice secretary, Claire Osborne, at the Oaks – see contacts.